Lucy Thraves


‘Clarity and financial support is urgently needed’: ISM responds to government’s five-stage roadmap for performing arts return

12:33, 26th June 2020

The government has published a five-stage roadmap outlining its vision for the return of the performing arts. 

The steps are:

Stage One – Rehearsals and training (no audiences, and performers must practice social distancing)
Stage Two – Performances for broadcast and live streaming (with on-stage social distancing)
Stage Three – Performances outdoors with an audience plus pilots for indoor performances with a limited audience
Stage Four – Performances allowed indoors/outdoors (but with a limited distanced audience)
Stage Five – Performances allowed indoors/outdoors (with a fuller audience indoors)

Deborah Annets, chief executive of the ISM, said: ‘It is welcome news that the government has now provided some detail on its plan for getting the performing arts back on their feet.

‘Clarity on when each of the five phases can begin is urgently needed, so venues and performers can start preparing in the safest way possible.

‘But the central issue remains the same: without considerable financial support and investment, music and the performing arts will suffer long-lasting damage from Covid-19. The government must expand the coverage of the Self Employment Income Support Scheme, maintain its current furlough contributions, and accelerate discussions on a wider support package. Now is the time for a bold vision and firm action.’


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